Monday, July 17, 2017

Organic Castor Oil by Shiny Leaf


*Organic Castor Oil by Shiny Leaf

There is no need to spend a ton of money on those expensive Eye Lash/Eye Brow serums when you can just use this Organic Castor Oil and achieve the same results!
Actually Castor Oil has many uses beyond helping hair grow.  It also has many therapeutic uses like preventing the growth of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds, reduces itching and swelling on the skin, healing fungal infections, can also help increase circulation as well, among other things.
However, Castor Oil really can work wonders on the hair!  Not only can it help hair grow faster but it can help it grow thicker, stronger and make it shinier as well.  I like to do a Castor Oil Hair Mask a couple times a week to keep my hair happy and healthy.  I massage Castor Oil into my roots and scalp and then work it through to the ends of my hair, cover it with a cap and then leave in on overnight.  If I don't feel like sleeping with the Castor Oil in my hair I will wait until I have a day at home and just put it on in the morning and wash it out before I go to bed.  I will also use this Organic Castor Oil on the ends of my hair to help tame flyaways and frizzies!
So, if you've been thinking about spending your hard earned cash on one of those pricey Eye Lash Serum then why not give this Organic Castor Oil a try first?  It even comes with a handy Eye Lash Wand to apply the Castor Oil to your lashes and eyebrows!
The Organic Castor Oil by Shiny Leaf retails for only $12.16 4oz.


You can find this Organic Castor Oil by Shiny Leaf over on Amazon.com...

 

 This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also. All opinions are my own. 
This post may contain affiliate links which will help support my blog and I thank you in advance for your support. If you do not wish to use my links, no hard feelings, just do a search for the product and or brand on the interweb!

Friday, July 7, 2017

What You Should Be Using For Healthy Hair - The Hair Dance Collection

I am so excited to be sharing this collection of amazing hair products with all of you!  I've been testing these out for a good 2 months now and I am beyond happy with my results.
The Hair Dance collection is all about natural and chemical free hair care products that helps you maintain not just healthy hair but a healthy scalp as well.
Since I've been using these products I've noticed a definite difference in my hair.  It not only looks healthier but feels healthier and stronger.  I have even noticed that my hair has grown faster than it normally does.  I have only been using these Hair Dance products and a few Aveda products sprinkled in so I know it's because of the products I'm using.
Since the products are formulated with natural and chemical free ingredients they smell and preform a bit different that your typical hair products, in a good way.  I will admit it took me awhile to get used to the Nature’s Treatment Shampoo because it doesn't lather...at all.  It doesn't lather because it doesn't contain any sulfates.  I use other shampoos that supposedly don't contain any sulfates but I still have some sort of lather but with this shampoo I don't have any and that took some getting used to.  If you live somewhere that has soft water you might be able to get some lather but where I live we have hard water which equals no lather.  Now that I'm used to it I actually like it and my hair just feels much cleaner than it did when I was using other chemical ridden shampoos.
All of the other products pretty much act the same as similar products but what they do for your hair is definitely unique!  I love that each product lives up to its claims and does exactly what it claims to do.  I will always test and review other hair care products just because that's what I do but I am officially a Hair Dance convert and will be using their products from now on!

Here is the product line up that I've been testing and LOVING along with their product descriptions...

Nature’s Treatment Shampoo: This botanical based formula gently cleanses the hair without any harsh or harmful chemicals. Very mild soap derived from coconut and milk is gentle even for dry, fine, damaged hair. It is pH balanced, enriched with herbal extracts, botanical oils and proteins.  Stimulates hair follicles with natural ingredients (Peppermint Oil, Sage, Nettle, Rosemary) to promote healthy hair growth. Offers great antioxidant protection for your scalp and hair. 
Improves the health of the scalp, and helps to balance the oil production by sebaceous gland. The formula contains many natural anti-inflammatory ingredients to help combat sensitive, dry and itchy scalp. (Green Tea, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Apple Cider Vinegar). 
Contains no synthetic fragrances. The Shampoo has pleasant fresh smell. No Sulfates, Parabens, Silicones, Dyes, Sodium Chloride, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil, DEA and/or TEA. Has not been tested on animals.



Moisture and Strength Conditioner: Green Tea based, enriched with a unique blend of Walnut seed Oil, Aloe Vera, Silk Protein, Vitamin B5, Lemongrass, Apple Fruit Powder, Chamomile, Sage, Nettle,Rosemary, and Vitamin E for soft, shiny, and healthy hair. The product does not contain silicones to prevent build up. This is also helpful to maintain the volume of your hair. It does not leave hair as sleek and shiny as silicone based conditioners but it adds moisture and strength to the hair, makes it easy to brush, does not weigh it down and does not leave a build up.



Hair and Root Stimulator: Inhibits DHT and Promotes healthy hair growth, boosts the scalp’s blood circulation and energizes hair follicle growth. Healthy circulation to the scalp is essential in order for vital nutrients to be absorbed into the roots of the hair, as well as to support hair follicle activity. Enriched with all-natural herbal ingredients, plant extracts, and antioxidants, including: Green Tea, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Apple Cider Vinegar, L-Arginine, Caffeine, Menthol, Sage and Nettle Extracts, and Essential Oils from Thyme, Rosemary, Cedarwood Bark, and Lavender. Provides excellent antioxidant protection for the hair, scalp and follicles. Anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is an extremely common biproduct of thinning hair, and can literally double the speed at which you lose hair. The non greasy formula allows the product to be used after shampooing. It can make hair get oily a little bit faster for some hair types, so if you do not shampoo daily, you can use this spray in the evening to wash it off in the morning. Contains No Sulfate, No Parabens, No Phthalates, No Fragrances, No Dyes, No Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, No Propylene Glycol, No Sodium Chloride. This product is not tested on animals and is safe for all hair types.



Ultra-Light Instant Conditioning Spray: Conditions and detangles the hair with a powerful blend of ingredients derived from nature. Green tea, Aloe Vera, and Silk Protein work together to penetrate, strengthen, nourish, and moisturize the hair. Infused with Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen to add a little bit of volume. Vitamin B5 adds shine and protects the hair from breakage. It is very light formula that will not weigh down fine/thin hair. Does not contain parabens, alcohol, silicones, or fragrance and is non-greasy.



Rejuvenating Hair Oil: Rejuvenating hair oil is all natural, unique blend of Walnut, Argan, Avocado, Wheat Germ, Coconut, Grapeseed oils and Shea Butter formulated to promote strong and healthy hair. Penetrates the hair to soften, strengthen and adds elasticity. This prevents hair from breakage, split ends and dry hair, restores shine. Gives additional nutrition to the scalp and strengthens hair roots. Helps to keep hair moisturized. The benefits of using hair oils have been known to hair specialists for a very long time. Its strong nourishing and restoring effects are beneficial to everyone regardless of their hair type. External factors such as exposure to the sun, salt water, pollution, heat, and the excessive use of hair irons can cause split ends and lifeless looking hair.
Different plant oils have different benefits and act a little bit different depending on hair type. It is important to notice that not all natural oils penetrate the hair. This is why the blend of specific oils provides premium nourishment and protection for your hair. 
The build-up from retail hair products may prevent the oil from penetrating the shaft and improving its condition. It is important to use silicon free products when you are in a process of healing your hair.  Can be used as an overnight treatment for deep conditioning or apply small amount to damp hair after the shower to lock in moisture.

Silky Touch Dry Shampoo: Silky Touch Dry Shampoo is 100% natural and organic. It absorb excess of oil from hair instantly adding the volume and changing the look from dirty to clean. Leaves hair feeling soft and clean to the touch, not stiff or sticky. Blends in very well with any hair color, lasts a long time and only a very small amount of the product needed to achieve great results. It absorbs excess of oil without using chemicals, is gentle, adds instant volume and leaves hair clean and healthy.



If you are struggling with dry, damaged, stressed and over worked hair or if your just looking to make the switch to a more natural way of taking care of your hair then the Hair Dance products are the way to go!  I cannot recommend them enough!
You can find these and other Hair Dance products over on myhairdance.com.

This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links which will help support my blog and I thank you in advance for your support. If you do not wish to use my links, no hard feelings, just do a search for the product and or brand on the interweb!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Grip Trio Collection by Kenra Professional For All Day Hold & Style Without The Crunch!


If it's one thing that annoys the heck out of me it's hair that feels like it has a ton of product in it.  You know what I'm talking about.  It's like on those days when you think it's a good idea to use a leave-in conditioner, mousse, styling gel and hairspray.  It sound good in theory but all you end up with is heavy, crunchy hair!  Ugh!
This is where The new Grip Trio Collection from Kenra Professional come in!  I have seriously been loving all of these products.  They are lightweight, provide texture and volume AND they hold all day!
The Whip Grip Mousse retails for $17.00 for 8oz at Ulta.
The Whip Grip Mousse is lightweight and airy, creates a ton of volume all without making hair feel crunchy or stiff.
The Air Grip Spray retails for $17.00 for 8oz at Ulta.
The Air Grip Spray is lightweight, provides 50% more grip to hair and provides excellent definition and volume.
  The High Grip Spray retails for $19 for 8oz at Ulta.
The High Grip Spray provides 24 hour hold that's lightweight while maintaining style and definition.

To create my all day, flexible style all I need is a little dollop of the Whip Grip Mousse worked into my damp hair.  Next, I will let it air dry, but before it dries completely I use my blow dryer on low heat to finish drying the roots and voilà!  I have the volume that I need to create the perfect hairstyle.  Once I've added some curls with my flatiron or curling iron I use the Air Grip Spray to add some texture and definition and sometimes I just stop there.  However, if I really need my style to last I will use the High Grip Spray.  By using the High Grip Spray I know my hair isn't going anywhere but it will still have flexibility, which is absolutely amazing.

The Grip Trio Collection was created in collaboration with Steph Brinkerhoff @hairandmakeupbysteph who is a social media star and professional up-styling educator.  The bridal hairstyles she creates and is famous for are nothing short of awe inspiring.  Knowing Steph creates amazing bridal hairstyles it's easy to see why she wanted to use products that give lightweight volume and texture and that also provide all day hold.  This The Grip Trio Collection does all that and more! Well done Kenra and Steph, well done!




If you have a wedding coming up, whether your the bride, bridesmaid or even just a guest these are definitely the products you want to create a soft, flexible, beautiful all day style!  You can find these and other Kenra Professional products at Ulta and Ulta.com.

This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also. All opinions are my own. 
This post may contain affiliate links which will help support my blog and I thank you in advance for your support. If you do not wish to use my links, no hard feelings, just do a search for the product and or brand on the interweb!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Instant Peel Exfoliant by Earthen Skincare


*Instant Peel Exfoliant by Earthen Skincare

I love a good peel.  I usually go for an acid peel but this particular peel uses proteins and enzymes to gently slough away dead skin cells.  I will admit that I was a bit skeptical but thankfully I was pleasantly surprised at how well this Peel worked!  The only negative I can say about this product is that it's kinda messy.  As long as you go into it knowing that things might get a bit messy then you should be good to go!
To use this special peel Earthen Skincare recommends that you steam your face for about 5 minutes before application to prepare the skin for ample exfoliation.  As a shortcut, I found it works the same if you just do it while your taking a shower, plus it's easier to clean up!
The actual product comes in convenient, individual packets which makes this peel a great one to travel with as well.  The peel solution itself reminds me a bit watered down paint.  You can either pour the product out into your hand and then massage into your face, neck and decollete all at once or you can do a little at a time and do it in sections.  I've tried both methods but I found it's less messy if you do it in sections.  Once the product is applied you simply massage it into the skin and as it dries it will begin to roll taking with it dead skin and debris.  When you feel like there is no more product left on the skin you can rise with warm water to reveal amazingly revitalized skin!  I was impressed how much more clear, vibrant and glowy my skin looked after just one use!  I'm a sucker for masks and peels and this one definitely made it onto my new favorites list!  
 I would recommend this for all skin types.  However, if you have super sensitive skin it would be a good idea to do a test patch first.
This Instant Peel Exfoliant by Earthen Skincare retails for $50.00 for 6 single use packets.  However, you can also find it on Amazon.com for $45.00 with your Prime Membership!

   

 This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also. All opinions are my own. 
This post may contain affiliate links which will help support my blog and I thank you in advance for your support. If you do not wish to use my links, no hard feelings, just do a search for the product and or brand on the interweb!

Best BCAA by Natrogix



If you like to work out and and you want to get the most out of it then you should be using a BCAA supplement. There are actually many reasons why I think you should be taking a Branched Chain Amino Acids supplement.  First of all BCAA's are vital for helping to improve exercise performance and reducing muscle breakdown.  However, did you know that BCAA's are also often used to treat a variety of diseases?  Primarily, Lou Gehrig's disease, but they are also used to treat certain brain conditions due to liver disease, cancer patients, people who are confined to bed rest and also the elderly.  Plus, it also helps with muscle soreness post work out!
This Best BCAA by Natrogix contains 3 grams of Creatine which will help with muscle growth and endurance.  It also contains other potent ingredients like L Leucine, L Glutamine, L Isoleucine and L Valine.  This combination works synergistically to help you get the most out of your workouts!  As an added bonus it tastes pretty amazing too, kind of fruity but leaning more towards a peach flavor.  In fact, I was thinking about making some BCAA popsicle's out of it!


You can find this Best BCAA by Natrogix over on Amazon.com...

 

 This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also. All opinions are my own. 
This post may contain affiliate links which will help support my blog and I thank you in advance for your support. If you do not wish to use my links, no hard feelings, just do a search for the product and or brand on the interweb!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Oval Brush Set by Nora's Brushes


*Oval Brush Set by Nora's Brushes


It's always nice to get new brushes.  Especially when they are brushes that you've been wanting for a long time!  I have been dying to get my hands on these Oval Brushes forever but since I already have a ton of makeup brushes I really couldn't justify spending the money.  So, you can imagine my excitement when I was sent some to review!!
This Oval Brush Set by Nora's Brushes isn't the original, super expensive Oval Brush Set.  But, it's a great alternative and super affordable at only $23.95 and I think that's a great bargain for some seriously great brushes!
The brushes seem to be great quality and are made with hygienic, super soft, synthetic hairs which means they are also cruelty free!  I've been testing them out for a few weeks now and I have not had any issues with any shedding which is usually an indication of a poor quality brush and no shedding here!
The brushes blend liquid and powder foundation beautifully and I really like that they do not absorb a bunch of the product like some brushes can.  I haven't mastered the eye brushes just yet.  I think those may take a little more practice but I am a definitely a fan of the bigger face brushes! 
I highly recommend checking these brushes out for yourself or getting them as a gift for someone.

Here is a pic of my brushes and you can see some product on the brushes but barely any at all.  That's a good thing, that means less product is being used which saves money!



You can find this Oval Brush Set by Nora's Brushes over on Amazon.com...

 

 This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also. All opinions are my own. 
This post may contain affiliate links which will help support my blog and I thank you in advance for your support. If you do not wish to use my links, no hard feelings, just do a search for the product and or brand on the interweb!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Age-Defying Eye Serum by Nerium International ~ Giveaway


I've taken the last couple of months to really test out a variety of Nerium products.  I wanted to see if they could live up to all the hype and so far so good!  I most recently tested and reviewed the ever popular Age-Defying Night Cream and I can say I am definitely a fan of it and would recommend it if it fits into your budget.
Next up is the Age-Defying Eye Serum and another great Nerium product!  This Eye Serum is one that you will be able see instant benefits and results and well as in the long term benefits.  If you have puffy eyes this will rapidly de-puff them and you can say goodbye to dark circles!  It will also make fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable.  The Age-Defying Eye Serum will immediately hydrate, tighten, lighten and brighten the entire eye area.  However, due to the tightening effect of this serum it may not feel as hydrating as other eye creams and serums.  
I've seen some really amazing results with this Eye Serum.  Some lucky peeps have even reported that they no longer need to use concealer when they use this Eye Serum!  Unfortunately, I'm not one of those lucky peeps but it has really helped with my puffy eyes, fine lines and at least made dark circles less noticeable!
The other thing is this Eye Serum is a little more labor intensive than a normal serum or cream.  There is a little trick to using this Eye Serum and to get the best results.  All you need is one pump for both eyes (they recommend using one pump for each eye but I found you can get away with one or one and a half for both).  Take a few seconds to gently smooth the serum around the eye area and make sure to pay close attention to those fine lines and wrinkles.  Once the Eye Serum is evenly spread you will need to stop smoothing and stay expressionless for 30 seconds as the product dries.  Voilà, a new, younger looking YOU!  
If you still feel you need to use concealer just make sure the Eye Serum is completely dry before applying any makeup, otherwise the Eye Serum can possibly ball up under the makeup (I know because I have had this happen to me and trust me it's not a good look!).

Here are a few un-retouched before and after pics that are pretty incredible...






The Age-Defying Eye Serum by Nerium International has been dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested and is ideal for use on all skin types.  For ingredients and more detailed information you can go to Nerium.com.
The Age-Defying Eye Serum retails for $80.00 or you can get it for $60.00 it you sign up for auto-delivery.  If you would like to purchase the Nerium Eye Serum you can contact Nerium Brand Partner, Jennifer @ 541-815-1119 or visit her Nerium website!
You can also enter the Giveaway below and win a FREE Age-Defying Eye Serum!

The giveaway starts 06/22/17 at 9 a.m. PT and will run through 07/14/17 until 9 a.m. PT.
The winner will be announced by 07/17/17 and will be notified via email.



This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also. All opinions are my own. 
This post may contain affiliate links which will help support my blog and I thank you in advance for your support. If you do not wish to use my links, no hard feelings, just do a search for the product and or brand on the interweb!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My Top Picks for Skincare As Seen On Afternoon Live!



I was lucky enough to be asked to join Tra'Renee on the KATU Afternoon Live show and share some of my favorite skincare products that I am loving right now.  I tried to narrow down my top pick to seven products.  While seven sounds like a lot I could have easily added about five more!
I decided not to include a cleanser in my top picks simply because there are so many of them out there and I think it’s more important to focus on actual skincare as opposed to something that just removes makeup, oil and debris and is only on your skin for a limited amount of time.  I also didn’t choose any sunscreen since most makeup and some skincare contain sunscreen these days.  I also feel like sunscreen would be an obvious choice and something most people already use on a regular basis.

All the products below are listed in the order of which they should be applied to the skin, from the lightest to heaviest, serums first and oils last.

Facial Mist/Toner 


I use a facial mist/toner in both my morning and evening skincare routines everyday.  Immediately after I wash my face and while my skin is still damp I will apply some type of a face mist/toner.  I recommend using a toner that is suited for your skin type and that will help balance the pH levels in your skin.
A great option and one that would be great for all skin types is the Essance Revitalizing Facial Toner.  This toner is hydrating and will help balance all skin types as well as the pH levels on the skin which should be around 5.5.  Plus, it’s made with Organic ingredients, smells amazing and it’s locally made in Portland!
Cost: $12.00 for 60ml





Eye Cream 


I have a ton of eye creams that I like and that I alternate back and forth depending on how my eyes are feeling and looking.  Lately, for daytime I find myself reaching for the Farmacy Eye Dew.  This is the perfect “day” eye cream.  It feels hydrating, firming and soothing all while minimizing fine lines and dark circles.  Plus, the packaging is beautiful!
Cost: $38.00 for 15ml

  At night I prefer something a little thicker like the Super Fruits Eye Balm and it's usually my go to nighttime “Eye Cream".  It has the texture of Vaseline and it's thick, rich and balmy.  It's very nourishing, hydrating and for me it's the perfect nighttime Eye Cream.
Super Fruits Eye Balm
Cost: $36.00 for .35oz





Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid



The Vitamin C Serum from Oz Naturals is a multi-tasking skincare product and one that can be used in both morning and evening skincare routines.  Not only does it contain 20% Vitamin C which helps even out skin tone, improve hydration and protect skin from free radical damage created by the sun and pollution but it also contains Hyaluronic Acid.  Hyaluronic Acid has powerful anti-aging properties and just one gram of it can hold up to six liters of water.  It can help skin retain moisture, improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and can make skin smoother, supple and more youthful and is recommend for all skin types.
Cost: $17.95 for 30ml





Firming Serum



For those of us over 30 this Aveda Tulasara Firm Concentrate is “Must Have” serum.  This serum will help instantly help tighten the skin and when used over time it will firm the skin and visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  I love this product for the neck and décolleté!
Can be used in both morning and evening skincare routines.  Recommended for all skin types but especially aging skin.

Cost: $59.00 for 30ml





Moisturizer/Face Oil



Instead of your typical moisturizer cream I usually opt for facial oil.  I like to use Lapis Facial Oil by Herbivore.  It contains Blue Tansy Oil which helps with inflammation, redness and also it also antibacterial so it helps clarify the skin,  I have very oily skin and this oil helps balance it out.  It hydrates my skin in such a way that helps stop it from producing excess oil leaving me with perfectly nourished, balanced and hydrated skin.  Oily skin needs moisture too!
I only use this particular oil in my morning skincare routine.  This Lapis Facial Oil by Herbivore is formulated for people with combination, oily or blemish-prone skin.
Cost: $72.00 for 50ml





Acids 



Unless you have perfect skin Acids are something I think everyone could benefit from.   If you’re an acid newbie or have sensitive skin I recommend starting with a product that contains Glycolic Acid which is an Alpa Hydroxy Acid or AHA.   Pixi Glow Tonic contains Glycolic Acid; it’s a great option, suitable for all skin types and can be used in place of your Toner.  It exfoliates, purifies and will help accelerate cell renewal to give you a brighter, more even toned complexion and ultimately…younger looking skin.

Pixi Glow Tonic
Cost: $15.00 for 100ml


However, if you have aging or pigmented skin I recommend something a little stronger.  The Lactic Acid Superficial Peeling Formulation from The Ordinary is a great option.  This Lactic Acid Peel is great for fading hyperpigmentation, sun spots Melasma or even old blemish spots.  It also removes dead skin cells and accelerates cell renewal which will help diminish fine lines and wrinkles.  Overall, skin looks and feels more youthful.
This Lactic Acid Peel should only to be used at night, just a few times a week and in place of any other serums.  I also don’t recommend using other types of acids or Retinols while using this Lactic Acid Peel.  Make sure to follow it up with a nice, hydrating night cream or facial oil.
Cost: $6.79 for 30ml





Night Cream/Face Oil



Nighttime is the prefect time to really treat and nourish the skin.  I find most traditional Night Creams are way too heavy for my oily skin and tend to break me out and I find oils to be more beneficial.  I have a few that I alternate between but my go-to has got to be the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate.  It contains a blend of skin-loving oils that help replenish and restore skin overnight and in the morning skin looks more clear, healthy and supple!  Recommended for all skin types.
Cost: $72.00 for 1.7oz.



This is not a sponsored post. I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also. All opinions are my own. 
This post may contain affiliate links which will help support my blog and I thank you in advance for your support. If you do not wish to use my links, no hard feelings, just do a search for the product and or brand on the interweb!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Organic Super Glow Mud Mask by Maywood Creek Essentials



I love a good Mud Mask!  There is just something satisfying about the entire process of doing a mud mask.  From putting it on and feeling it go to work on the pores to washing it off and revealing refreshed skin.  It's very cathartic!
This Super Glow Mud Mask by Maywood Creek Essentials is a great way to take a time out and have some "me" time.  It's a little different from the other "Mud Masks" that I own in that it doesn't dry down to what I like to call a "crust" layer that has to be scrubbed off.  Instead, since it can also be used as a regular cleanser it has more of a whipped texture that doesn't completely dry down.  I like to buff it into my skin and leave on for about 20 minutes and wash off using a damp washcloth.  Once the mask is applied it almost instantly gets to work on my pores and I can feel it drawing out all the gunk that I keep stashed away in them.  I also like that it instead of drying out my skin this Super Glow Mud Mask actually leaves my skin feeling hydrated, that's a nice change compared to other mud masks that can strip the skin leaving it dehydrated.
After just the first use my skin felt revitalized, soft and smooth.  After using it a few more I noticed my blemishes were healed and some hyperpigmentation spots also seemed less noticeable!  
I would consider this mask to be more on the gentle side and I can get away with using it 4-5 times a week.  If you have really sensitive skin you may only want to do it 2-3 times a week.  Either way it's a great multi-tasking mask!
The Organic Super Glow Mud Mask by Maywood Creek Essentials retails for $19.33 for 8.8oz.


You can find this Organic Super Glow Mud Mask by Maywood Creek Essentials on castlerockessentialproducts.com or over on Amazon.com...

 

 This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also. All opinions are my own. 
This post may contain affiliate links which will help support my blog and I thank you in advance for your support. If you do not wish to use my links, no hard feelings, just do a search for the product and or brand on the interweb!

Dry Shampoo by label.m


I often wonder how I survived without Dry Shampoo back in the day.  Did I just walk around with greasy hair or did I just wash it more often?  Hmmmm...all I know is I am SO glad to have Dry Shampoo in my life now!
A good Dry Shampoo will not only reinvigorate unwashed hair but it will also add great texture and make hair easier to style.  There are two types of Dry Shampoo that I use on a regular basis.  One is the powder form that you pour into your hand and work into your hair and this one works best when my hair is really dirty.  The other one comes in a spray form like this Dry Shampoo by label.m.  This form of Dry Shampoo is perfect for everyday use and for those days right after you wash your hair or when you hair needs a bit more lift and texture.
Just a few sprays of this Dry Shampoo is all I need to add more weightless volume and texture to my limp, flat hair.  I will even use this instead of actual Hair Spray.  It does the same thing as Hair Spray without leaving hair stiff and crunchy and helps me create a fun style almost effortlessly!
This Dry Shampoo by label.m is a Must Have and retails for $15.50 for 6.8oz.


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Pure Salmon Oil by Purity Pupplements



Salmon Oil is always something I keep on hand to add to our cat's and to our dog's food on a regular basis.  I don't use it everyday and I don't put it in every meal but I try to add into at least half of their meals throughout the week.
This Pure Salmon Oil by Purity Pupplements is an excellent quality Salmon Oil that all of our furbabies love the taste of!  They would all gladly lick it straight off a spoon if I let them...sometimes I do!  However, I usually mix it in with a can of wet food along with several other vitamins and supplements and the Salmon Oil helps cover up the scent of some of the other things that they don't really care for but that I want them to have.  I definitely notice a difference when they get their Salmon Oil several times a week like they should.  Their fur is always the first thing that I notice because it's softer and way more shiny and of course their skin is the other thing.  The Salmon Oil helps keep their skin hydrated and since our Pit Bull, Karley has some allergy issues the Salmon Oil makes the biggest difference for her.  Salmon Oil is a "Must Have" at our house!
I always look for a good quality Salmon Oil like this one that's pure and free from heavy metals, toxins and other impurities that may by harmful to my precious furbabies.  Only the best will do!

I highly recommend supplementing your furkids diet with some Pure Salmon Oil by Purity Pupplements, especially if they have any sort of skin or allergy issues.  It definitely helps relieve the symptoms of dry and itchy skin which in the end, makes us all happy!
You can find Pure Salmon Oil by Purity Pupplements over on Amazon.com and it retails for $16.49 for 8.7oz. or $22.49 for 17oz...

           

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Thickening Cream by label. m


One of my best friends owns a hair salon and carries the label. m line.  So naturally I've used several of label.m products over the last couple of years and I love them.  Label. m is a great, innovative salon quality line of hair care products that are made with the hair loving fine botanicals and essential oils that not only help you get salon quality results at home but help keep hair healthy while doing it.  This Thickening Cream by label. m became a fast favorite and is an easy way to boost hair volume without weighing it down.  It actually helps to swell the hair which makes hair look fuller and more luminous.  It also acts as a heat protector to help prevent color fade and damage.  Perfection!  
This is one of those products that you could actually use to replace several products like your heat protector, leave in conditioner and other hair styling products like gel or mousse.  It works great as an all in one product!  Plus, it's really easy to use.  I just apply it while my hair is still damp and comb it through.  It does work best if you can blow dry it in sections but I usually just let my hair air dry and use the heat of my curling iron or flat iron to achieve the same results.
Great product!  I mean...if your into that fuller, healthy looking hair thing!
Head over to fashionandbeautystore.com for more information or to purchase the Thickening Cream by label. m!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Designer Self Defense Keychain by MUNIO



Unfortunately, self defense is something we really have to think about these days.  I've watched enough Dateline to know that bad things happens even in the smallest of towns.
I love the concept of this Designer Self Defense Keychain by MUNIO.  It looks like a pretty keychain but in reality and because of the careful design it can become a weapon when you need it to.  It fits perfectly in my hand and would be really easy to grab in a struggle.  I hope I never have to use it but it does actually make me feel a little better knowing that I have it.
The Self Defense Keychain comes in a wide variety of styles and colors so there is something for everyone.  I choose the Damask design simply because it's one of my favorite designs.  After all, I need to defend myself it might as well be in style....am I right?

You can find the Designer Self Defense Keychain by MUNIO at munioselfdefense.com and over on Amazon.com...

 

 This is not a sponsored post. I received this product at a discount or complimentary in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I will only recommend products or services that I enjoy using personally and that I think my readers would enjoy also. All opinions are my own. 
This post may contain affiliate links which will help support my blog and I thank you in advance for your support. If you do not wish to use my links, no hard feelings, just do a search for the product and or brand on the interweb!

Advanced Probiotic Extra Strength by HealthLabs Nutra



Probiotics are something that I take on a semi-usual basis.  I find that if I take a good quality Probiotic when I'm not feeling well, having stomach issues or when I've over indulged in sweets that they can really balance out my gut and help me feel better overall.
This Advanced Probiotic Extra Strength by HealthLabs Nutra is one of those good quality Probiotics that I like to take.  It's formulated with 11.5 billion organisms including bacillus subtilis per serving and it also includes 4 different potent strains of lactobacillus and 3 different strains of bifidobacteria.  Together these strains help promote a healthy balance of intestinal microflora which helps complement your own body's natural defense system.  I also notice that when I take Probiotics my skin will improve and I that my allergies don't seem as intrusive.
I also think it's important to take Probiotics during and after you've used antibiotics.  In most cases, antibiotics can kill off the good bacteria in your gut leaving your gut defenseless.  I find that taking Probiotics helps replenish the good bacteria and helps me recover faster.
Overall, I think taking Probiotics helps me stay healthy.  However, if you have serious stomach issues I would recommend that you consult your doctor before starting any vitamin or supplement regime.



You can find Advanced Probiotic Extra Strength by HealthLabs Nutra over on Ebay and over on Amazon.com...

 

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Get that "Fixer Upper" Look For Under $100 Using Only Amazon

Get that "Fixer Upper" Look For Under $100 Using Only Amazon

If there is one thing I love more than beauty & skincare it's definitely decorating.  Decorating has always been a passion of mine.  Recently, I've been dedicating some of my free time to redoing some antique furniture and redecorating.  Don't worry, I plan on sharing some of those upcycled furniture pieces and some actual pictures of the rooms that I am redecorating here on my blog.  In the meantime I thought I would kick things off with this fun blog post! 
While I enjoy all types of architecture and decor I have always been drawn to a more rustic/vintage look.  Obviously, I am a huge fan of the show "Fixer Upper", along with most of America!  I've always loved antiques and mixing the old in with the new to create a comfy, cozy look that makes you feel right at home the moment you walk in the door and Joanna Gaines is a women after my own heart.  
Thankfully, that type of decor and style has become more mainstream and accessible and as an avid Amazon shopper I was surprised to find so many "farmhouse" decor pieces and at some pretty good prices.  While I am still someone who loves to go antique shopping and find authentic antique or vintage pieces to add to our home it's also nice to be able to find a reproduction piece that looks old but has a cheaper price tag.  However, I also highly recommend hitting up your local TJ Maxx, Ross and Thrift stores to find those unique, one of a kind items.
I was not only inspired to do this blog post after seeing so many fun items on Amazon but I actually took it a step further and created my own Amazon store filled with my favorite Farmhouse Chic items that you can actually shop.  Some items I have purchased myself and others are on my wish list!  
So, I hope all you "Fixer Upper" fans enjoy this blog post and feel inspired by some of the items here and in my Amazon store.  Hopefully, it will help you create your own "Fixer Upper" look!

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 These canisters are definitely on my wish list for my kitchen.  The metal would not only add that perfect accent but they have great texture as well, so cute!  These would also be perfect to use in the laundry room to store dry laundry soap or pods, dryer sheets and you could use the other one for a "lost & found". 




I probably would of already purchased this wall unit if I had the extra wall space.  Again, it would add great color and and the chicken wire provides the texture.  Not to mention it's a great storage solution!





I'm not sure what's more popular Tobacco Baskets or Olive Buckets when going for a "Fixer Upper" look. .  They both add that vintage feel to any space and the Tobacco Basket looks especially nice with a Boxwood Wreath (see below) hung in the middle of it.  Classic.



Trays are definitely something you need to achieve a Farmhouse look.  Luckily you can find them just about anywhere these days and are usually fairly inexpensive.  The shabby look of these trays are exactly what you want to look for.  If you find the perfect tray but it's not the right color just throw some chalk paint on it!  (I'll show you how I style my trays in an upcoming blog post!)





I think it's really important to add a little whimsy when decorating and what better way to do than some cute, rustic pigs!  These are perfect for adding some character, color and texture to a wooden tray or a Galvanized 2 Tier Tray.




Adding a rustic ladder to your decor is another way to get that Farmhouse look and they can also double as storage.  Place a ladder in your bathroom and use it to hang your decorative towels.  Or, place it in the living room to hang your throw blankets on.  You can even hang it on the wall like a piece of art!
Tip: Head to TJ Maxx or Ross to find unique towels in your color scheme that have different textures.  Hanging towels in the same color scheme but with different textures can give your bathroom a more designer look & feel.





You have to have some Burlap!  I have two of these Burlap Table Runners and I LOVE them.  Using Burlap is a simple and affordable way to add a rustic touch to your space.  Plain. Simple. Beautiful.




Nothing says cozy like a candle!  These chippy, aged Candle Sticks are the perfect example of what I look for in decorative pieces.  They have that old, worn look that I love and the color and texture of these are beautiful!  These are definitely on my wish list.  I have some similar ones but I say one can never have enough candle sticks!


I've seen these Post Boxes everywhere but I've never seen one for $29.00!  That's a steal!  Long gone are the days when the mailman actually delivered the mail to your house (at least where I live).  However, I think these would still look cute hung up on your porch for decoration or in your home office for extra storage.




You can't decorate "Fixer Upper" style and not have a few signs!  These rustic signs are easy to come by these days and I personally have several scattered throughout our house.  I love the simplicity of this "Be Grateful" sign and the wood, brown and cream colors can easily be worked into any farmhouse style decor. 




I would say metal 2 tiered trays are another staple when decorating for farmhouse design.  One of those cute, Rustic Pigs would look adorable on this tray!  The key to designing a 2 Tier Tray is to add different textures.  I also like to keep within a certain color scheme as well (I will also be doing a blog post on how I style my 2 tier trays).  When putting together items for a Metal 2 Tier Tray I think it's important to add a mixture of wood items, greenery and ceramic and glass for the perfect balance.

This cute Tea Table has been on my wish list for awhile.  I would like to use it as a bar table but you could use it for tea, coffee or you just put some plants on it and use it as a plant stand.  I would be tempted to paint the metal with some white or cream chalk paint and distress it up a bit but it's also beautiful just the way it is.



I've been collecting antique pitchers for about 15 years so I have a nice collection of some charming pitchers of various designs and colors and I use them throughout my house.  Some of them I've planted plants in, some I use to put fresh flowers in and others I use just by themselves as decorative pieces when styling a tray.  This Ceramic Pitcher would look so cute placed on a wooden or metal tray on the kitchen table surrounded by plants and other decorative accents.




I love these Chicken Wire Pendant Lights!  These are on my wish list for our master bedroom.  I want to replace our existing table lamps that currently sit on our nightstands with these.  Not only would they add that farmhouse charm but they would free up a ton of space on out nightstands.  However, I would also order Burlap Cord Covers to hide the ugly cords, plus the extra touch of Burlap would just add to the whole farmhouse look!





If your on a serious budget I find just adding little touches can make a big difference.  One of the simplest ways to decorate on a budget is to change out your kitchen and bathroom towels.  This Tea Towel adds just the right amount of charm & whimsy!






One thing that I will never use in my decorating is fake/plastic plants.  I only use real, live plants or dried/preserved plants like this Preserved Garden Boxwood Wreath.  I know a lot of people and professional designers use fake plants in decorating and it looks great, but it's just not for me.  Live plants add a special touch to a space that a fake plant never could.  Plus, they help keep the surrounding air clean!
This "Our Nest"pillow is another way to add a touch of whimsy and charm to your space.  You can use it to add that special touch in the living room but I prefer to use this specific pillow in the bedroom.  With the bedroom representing the "nest", it's perfect!




An antique milk can basically represents the Farmhouse look.  I am still on the hunt for an authentic, full size antique milk can but until then this cute reproduction would look perfect as a vase for fresh flowers or some dried cotton stems!



A chippy wall shelf is also a must have to really pull that farmhouse look together.  The shabby chic look of this one would add a nice antique look to any space.  I would add a nice Creeping Jenny plant in a neutral or Terracotta pot along with some decorative finials and maybe a nice picture in a rustic frame to complete the look.





This Farmhouse Bench is also on my wish list and is something I will probably end up purchasing within the next month or so once I complete a few other projects.  A bench adds country charm and extra seating!  You can add a nice plant or a couple fun, decorative pillows to give it a more homey feel.  I also plan to take a piece of sand paper to mine and rough it up a bit to give it an even more vintage feel.



This Cake Stand is perfect!  It would look so cute with a nice plant on it, candles in various sizes or some other accents like Decorative Spheres.
These Galvanized Pots are a great way to incorporate some more metal accent pieces to balance out your overall look.  I already have some similar pots that I planted some Herbs in and strategically placed them throughout the house to add little touches of metal where ever needed.  They not only look great but add that antique element.




Another touch of whimsy!  Even though we have dogs and cats and we love them all we are probably more partial to the dog lovers at heart.  This Tin Dog Sign not only gives that extra bit of whimsy but the colors blend well with the look and feel we're trying to accomplish.  I have a fun gallery wall and this sign is practically made for it!




Macrame has made a come back and I'm secretly loving it!  I have already purchased these and I'm in the process of chalk painting some Terracotta pots that will look fantastic in these Jute Plant Hangers!  This is yet another inexpensive way to get a vintage, homey feel.





Last but not least are these Custom Tin Letters,  I love the idea of having a letter custom made and I think it would give an extra special touch to any space,  We have a white-washed wood letter that I love but I might need to get one of these too!



I hope I gave you a few ideas to start your own "Fixer Upper" journey!  Make sure to click on the link below and see what else I have in my Farmhouse Chic Decor Store and maybe you'll get even more inspiration.
 


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